California emissions, carbon neutrality plan draws criticism

Posted: June 23, 2022 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Energy, government, ideology
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Los Angeles, CA


Desperately seeking ‘carbon’ capture. One of the obvious problems of course is that it’s energy-intensive, and that energy has to be generated by non-fossil sources to qualify as suitable for the job, in the eyes of climate obsessives. Ignoring other practical difficulties (storage etc.), where is all the extra power supposed to come from? If wealthy California can’t resolve such issues, most other climate-obsessed regions (excluding those with lots of hydro-power) will surely also struggle to do so, and it all has to be paid for. For ‘ambitious’ read ‘unworkable’?
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California air regulators are likely to hear a barrage of criticism Thursday on a plan to slash fossil fuel use and reach carbon neutrality by 2045, a proposal that would require a sweeping shift in how the state powers its massive economy in the face of climate change, says Phys.org.

It will be the California Air Resources Board’s first public discussion of this year’s draft scoping plan, which is updated every five years and lays out a roadmap for the state to reach its climate goals.

The 2045 goal is among the most ambitious in the nation, but the proposal has many critics beyond the oil industry, which says the strategy has too many bans and mandates.

A wide range of environmental advocates say the plan does far too little to quickly lower planet-warming emissions.

“California can do better than this,” Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, a Democrat, wrote in a letter about the proposal he is circulating for colleagues to sign.

Reaching carbon neutrality means the state would remove as much carbon from the air as it emits. That would happen by a combination of lowering fossil fuel use and using technology to remove any remaining emissions from the air. Board staff estimates it would reduce petroleum demand across the economy and the use of fossil natural gas in buildings by 91% by 2045.

Doing so would require 30 times as many electric vehicles on the road compared to today, six times more electric appliances in homes, four times more wind and solar generation and 60 times more hydrogen.

Even with such a sweeping transition, the plan estimates California will still emit at least 94 million metric tons of carbon dioxide—about 22% of state emissions today—by 2045. All of that would also need to be removed from the air.

Full article here.

Comments
  1. […] California emissions, carbon neutrality plan draws criticism […]

  2. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Anyone who believes in net zero needs to stop exhaling CO2, right now!

  3. catweazle666 says:

    “All of that would also need to be removed from the air.

    Every last molecule of which will be replaced within 24 hours or so by outgassing from the oceans.
    Have these so-called “scientists” never heard of Henry’s Law?

  4. oldbrew says:

    Where would they securely put ’94 million metric tons of carbon dioxide’ – per year, and at what cost? Hard to believe a word of it.
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    The oil industry, for its part, has said the plan imposes too many bans and mandates that are unworkable and will raise prices. Western States Petroleum Association President Catherine Reheis-Boyd wrote in a Wednesday letter to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon that the state’s energy policies broadly, including those in the scoping plan, are contributing to higher fuel costs.

    “Technology bans, mandates, and limiting affordable options for Californians is not leadership,” she wrote.
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    She stopped short of calling them glassy-eyed cultists 😎

  5. catweazle666 says:

    Lake Nyos mean anything to anybodyy?

  6. oldbrew says:

    Climate Scientist Says Humans Cause Less Than 0.05°C of Global Warming and Warns of “Anarchy” From “Delusional” Net Zero Policies
    24 JUNE 2022

    Since only about 15% of the global CO2 increase is of anthropogenic origin, just 15% of 0.3°C, i.e., less than 0.05°C remains, which can be attributed to humans in the overall balance.
    . . .
    In Professor Harde’s opinion, modern climate science has developed more as an ideology and world view, rather than a serious science.

    https://dailysceptic.org/2022/06/24/climate-scientist-says-humans-cause-less-than-0-05c-of-global-warming-and-warns-of-anarchy-from-delusional-net-zero-policies/
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    Politicians swallowing whole the conclusions from computer models is a modern curse.

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